Jackson begged for help sleeping, doctor told police

Fri Oct 7, 2011 8:48pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's doctor told police he left the "Thriller" singer for about two minutes after giving him the anesthetic propofol for sleep and returned to find Jackson no longer breathing.

In a dramatic audio recording of Dr. Conrad Murray's police interview two days after Jackson's June 25, 2009 death, the Grenada-born physician calmly describes how the pop star enlisted Murray to help him sleep with propofol on a regular basis and says Jackson called the anesthetic his "milk."

The two-hour tape was played publicly in its complete form for the first time on Friday at Murray's trial in Los Angeles on manslaughter charges.

Murray's account to police of how long he left Jackson's bedside differed from evidence presented by prosecutors at the two-week old trial. Authorities have determined Jackson died of an overdose of propofol combined with sedatives.

Murray said he gave Jackson propofol at around 10:50 a.m. on June 25, after trying to get him to sleep with sedatives all night and after Jackson begged for the drug.

"Please, please give me some milk, so I can sleep," Murray quoted the singer as saying.

"I watched him for a long enough period that I felt comfortable, then I needed to go to the bathroom so I got up and went to the bathroom," Murray told detectives.

"Then I came back to his bedside and was stunned in the sense that he wasn't breathing," Murray added.   Continued...